The hallway sconces at 181 Fremont began as hand-drawn sketches by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, inspired by a bird’s nest and the soft welcoming light cast on the front stoop of his childhood home. From his drawings, a lighting firm rendered the sconces in virtual reality, then brought them to their fully illuminated life.
Since the sconces were based on drawings and intricate natural shapes, it required an artisanal manufacturing process to create each shade. Each twig was individually sculpted, hand-dipped in paint, then in sand for an added layer of natural texture. Lastly, they were repainted one by one and set in place. As a result, each sconce is unique.